National Criminal Background Check Fingerprinting
On January 10, 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law H.430, An Act Relative to Background Checks. The new law requires all public school employees in Massachusetts to submit to fingerprint-based state and national criminal background checks.
At this point, all newly hired staff members have complied with the fingerprinting law. Everyone hired before July 1, 2013 has submitted to fingerprint-based background checks on a planned phased-in schedule.
All required checks for pre-September 2013 have been completed as of June 30, 2016. Fingerprints are available through MorphoTrust, the state-designated fingerprinting vendor, which continues to add locations and hours. Consult the MorphoTrust registration website for the latest information.
The Staff Advisory outlines the steps that all school employees must take, in order to comply with the new law. There are no exceptions to the national background check law. The Staff Advisory includes an overview of the fingerprinting process, FAQ’s, fingerprinting process steps, cost and appointment scheduling information. Please contact Damany Gordon in the Human Resources Office, at (413) 362-1872, with any questions you may have regarding this process.